Inside The Bills

Rex takes bye week page from Reid book

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2015 – 3:19 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was stewing heading into the bye week after his team was unable to pull out a win in a big comeback effort against Jacksonville in London. Prior to the loss he had put together a different kind of plan for the bye week concerning his players. They would get the entire week off.

Under the terms of the CBA, players get a mandatory four days off on a bye week, but Ryan was committed to giving his team the full week and explained why on Monday.

“My record off a bye week is horrendous,” said Ryan, who has a 1-5 mark as a head coach after the bye. “So, looking at our schedule, the fact that we were in London, we had to fly back from London. The fact that we play two games in five days coming up.  The health of our team, all that stuff factored in.  The guy that has the best record consistently after a bye week is (current Kansas City head coach) Andy Reid, and this is what he does. I was like, it’s pretty obvious. I made that decision probably three weeks prior to going through it, knowing we had the injuries we had.  This team needed it.  Get away, get healthy, then come back ready to go for these nine games.”

Andy Reid is 11-5 is his career as a head coach coming off the bye week.


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